Arctic future needs to be smart and sustainable
“Climate change has proceeded at double speed in the Arctic as compared to the rest of the world. All together about 75 % of the Arctic sea ice mass has melted already.” Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taalas urges countries to raise ambition level in climate talks.
Minister Häkkänen: Establishment of European Public Prosecutor's Office is in taxpayers’ interest
A regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was adopted in the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg in October. The Office will be in charge of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of fraud and bribery offences against EU funds.
European Council reaches agreement on promoting equal treatment for posted workers
On 23 October, the EU’s employment ministers reached an understanding concerning amendments to the directive that regulates the employment terms and conditions of posted workers. The amendments include a provision that posted workers would in future be entitled to the same pay for the same work as employees in the host country.
Helsinki promises no hiccups in campaign to host the European Medicines Agency
Helsinki promises no hiccups whatsoever if the decision is made to relocate the European Medicines Agency in the Finnish capital. The quirky campaign launched on Thursday, assuring the EU of smooth sailing and great livability for the agency’s personnel in their new home. It also addresses Helsinki’s wider aim of becoming one of the world’s health capitals both in terms of research and the commercialisation of the health and life science industries.
Finland’s passenger rail transport opens to competition
The Finnish Government has decided to open passenger rail transport to competition. In the 2020s, the national railway company VR will no longer have exclusive right to the provision of rail transport services in the Finnish rail network and other operators can enter the passenger rail transport market as well. The reform will be carried out in an orderly manner, divided into stages and follow the principles of good human resources policy.
Prime Ministers of Finland, Denmark and Netherlands: ”A case for a strong and focused European Union”
The European Union is the world’s biggest trading block and most advanced economy. We have an extensive internal market based on a liberal free trade policy to thank for that. Trade within the European Union and with the rest of the world is the basis of our prosperity. It creates growth and jobs and allows us to finance welfare states for our citizens. A continued liberal trade policy is essential, if Europe is to remain among the world’s most important economic areas.
Column: Smart energy brings flexible systems and artificial intelligence
Transformation of the energy sector increases renewable power generation that depends on the weather. Consumers will become also producers. Society is being electrified; for instance, electric cars are changing the energy market. It is evident for a variety of reasons that a new kind of agility is needed on the electricity market. What sort of intelligence does this require of systems?
Energy efficiency decisions taken by EU energy ministers
On 26 June 2017 at the Energy Council in Luxembourg, EU energy ministers reached agreement on the general approach concerning proposals for revised directives on energy efficiency and energy performance of buildings. The Council agreed a 30% EU energy efficiency target.
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